Live-Action Maison Ikkoku TV Finale Announced
posted on 2008-05-23 05:07 EDT by Egan Loo
The official website of the live-action television adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Maison Ikkoku manga has revealed that a new, final chapter will air in Japan this summer. The first live-action television special aired last May and starred Misaki Itō (Densha Otoko television's "Hermés", Juon: The Grudge's Hitomi) as the widowed boarding house manager Kyoko Otonashi, with newcomer Taiki Nakabayashi as the hapless college applicant Yusaku Godai. In the new special, though, popular idol Akina Minami (Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba's Reira) will play Kyoko's rival Kozue Nanao instead of the previous special's Nana Eikura. Completing the "love square" is Ikki Sawamura (live-action Gokusen's Tomoya Shinohara, live-action Grave of the Fireflies' Kiyoshi Yokokawa) as Kyoko's relentless suitor Shun Mitaka.
The original manga ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits from 1980 to 1987, and Viz Media published it in North America. Viz Media also released the 1986-1988 anime version, although a 1986 live-action movie, which predates all animated and live-action adaptations, remains unlicensed for North America.